Dateline Rice for Sept. 8, 2016


Rice lineman with photographic memory solves a Rubik’s Cube behind his back
Brown College junior Calvin Anderson is featured.
USA Today
Rice’s Calvin Anderson solves a Rubik’s Cube … without looking
Rice offensive lineman solves Rubik’s Cube behind his back
A Rice football player can solve a Rubik’s Cube in seconds. Behind his back.
The Washington Post
Watch Rice’s left tackle solve a Rubik’s Cube behind his back
Fox Sports
‘America This Morning’
KTRK (This also aired on 237 other ABC stations.)


Apache may have struck big in West Texas
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is quoted about a recent oil discovery in the Permian Basin of Texas.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and over 100 other media outlets.)

Weebit to collaborate with Global tech powerhouse to commercialize revolutionary computer memory
An article profiles the company Weebit Nano, which was founded to develop a memory and semiconductor technology invented at Rice.
Business News Western Australia (A similar article appeared in EE Times Europe.)

Gods of small things
The late Richard Smalley is featured.

25 colleges where students love life
Rice is No. 12 on a list of colleges that students love to attend.
Business Insider Malaysia (This also appeared in Business Insider Singapore.)


Trump’s Texas ground game mostly invisible
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about the 2016 elections.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Political experts skeptical about latest poll showing Clinton-Trump neck and neck
Texas Public Radio
Washington Post: Clinton 46, Trump 45
Off the Kuff
Malas noticias para Trump: Texas puede votar demócrata por primera vez desde 1976
Univision Noticias (An English translation is not available.)
WOAI (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. A similar story aired on KRLD.)

Here’s what’s screening outside the megaplex
The Rice Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts will exhibit “The Traces of Lost Facts,” a collection by Montréal-based artist David Ross, at the Rice Media Center through Oct. 15.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Researchers at Rice might have discovered how the basic building block of life ended up on Earth
Research by Rice University Earth scientists suggests that virtually all of Earth’s life-giving carbon could have come from a collision about 4.4 billion years ago between Earth and an embryonic planet similar to Mercury. Rajdeep Dasgupta, professor of Earth science, and postdoctoral researcher Yuan Li are quoted. Rice research scientist Kyusei Tsuno is mentioned.
Texas Monthly
KTRH (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Brazil after Dilma: Temer’s turn
Erika de la Garza, program director of the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Houston Chronicle

Suburbs grapple with cities to attract millennial generation
Kyle Shelton, postdoctoral research fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about millennials.
Memorial Examiner (This also appeared in The Katy Rancher and Sugar Land Sun.)


Historian Douglas Brinkley on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s environmental legacy
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, discusses Franklin D. Roosevelt’s environmental legacy. Brinkley will speak at Florida Southern College March 16.
Florida Southern College lecture series opens with political scientist
The Ledger

UTRGV professor, Rice graduate advances nanotechnology through startup
Alumna Karen Lozano ’96 is featured.

Bloomberg Radio
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about the 2016 elections. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This also aired on WNEW and WTOP2.)


Behind a huge Jewish Studies gift from a mysterious “Greta Garbo donor”
Rice has received a gift of more than $4.1 million from the estate of the late Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain to the university’s Program in Jewish Studies and the Shepherd School of Music.
Inside Philanthropy
He never spent money and never went out. He bequeathed $4M to his alma mater
Inside Philanthropy

Medical errors are the 3rd-leading cause of death in the United States
Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Psychology and professor of psychology, is quoted in an article about patient care.
Monitor (This story appears on Page 53.)

Researchers create nanodiamonds for potential use in spacecraft, satellites
Superman can famously make a diamond by crushing a chunk of coal in his hand, but Rice scientists are employing a different tactic. Rice materials scientists are making nanodiamonds and other forms of carbon by smashing nanotubes against a target at high speeds. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, is quoted.
AZO Nano (A similar article appeared in Materialsgate.)

3-D graphene has promise for bio applications
Flakes of graphene welded together into solid materials may be suitable for bone implants, according to a study led by Rice scientists. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and postdoctoral research associate Chandra Sekhar Tiwary are quoted. Graduate students Sruthi Radhakrishnan and Sehmus Ozden and researcher Soumya Vinod are mentioned.
Medical News Today (This also appeared in Surgical Products Magazine.)

Grassland tuned to present suffers in a warmer future
Results from one of the longest-running and most extensive experiments to examine how climate change will affect agricultural productivity show that California grasslands will become less productive if the temperature or precipitation increases substantially above average conditions from the past 40 years. Kai Zhu, the Huxley Research Instructor, is quoted.
Space Daily

Rice University’s Design-A-Thon focused on assistive devices
More than 100 students from Rice and four other universities competed in Rice’s Oshman Design Kitchen’s inaugural Labor Day weekend Innovate Design-A-Thon.
Med Gadget

Insurers and physicians can partner to deliver care more efficiently, save costs
Insurers and physicians can partner to help physicians to deliver care more efficiently and save costs, according to a study by researchers at Rice and Cigna, a global health service company. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute of Public Policy and professor of economics, and Meei-Hsiang Ku-Goto, research programmer at the institute, are quoted.
Health News Digest

2016 SPE International awards to be presented at annual meeting in Dubai
Alumna Christine A. Ehlig-Economides ’71; George Hirasaki ’67, the A. J. Harsook Professor Emeritus and research professor; and Jefferson Creek, adjunct professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, are featured.
Journal of Petroleum Technology

Lights out! Why IT shops are disabling wireless AP LEDs
Danny Eaton, senior network architect, is quoted in a story about wireless access point LEDs.
Network World

Braving the new world of online learning: What students need to succeed
Alumna Ronit Berger ’03 authored an article about online learning.
Pearson Ed


Who has the happiest college students on campus?
The happiest students in the country are at Rice University, according to the Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of “The Best 381 Colleges.” The new college guide ranks Rice No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction and also among the top 10 for best quality of life. President David Leebron, Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson and chemistry graduate student Kimberly Mendoza are quoted.
Live Happy

Polsinelli’s Dan Flanigan talks bankruptcy and regulations
Rice is mentioned.
Commercial Observer

Local business owners mentor high school student entrepreneurs through launch Los Alamos classes
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Los Alamos Daily Post

Architect, Professor Carlos Jimenez to present lecture Sept. 13 in Little Rock
Carlos Jimenez, professor of architecture, will present a lecture at the Arkansas Arts Center Sept. 13.
University of Arkansas News

Washington Prime Group taps new board member
Alumna Sheryl von Blucher ’84 is featured.
Commercial Property Executive

Data expert shares research and advice at UTSA Faculty Center
Alumna Talithia Williams ’07 is featured.
UTSA Today

University lab conducts marijuana study
Alumnus David Courtwright ’79 is mentioned.
The Daily Helmsman


Army versus Rice prediction, game preview
Rice football will play Army Sept. 10.
Campus Insiders

UH makes its pitch to Big 12 for entry
Articles mention that Rice is one of the schools being considered for the Big 12 expansion. Rice football head coach David Bailiff and former Rice coach Tom Herman are mentioned in the Washington Post article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the Sept. 8 print edition with a different headline, “School makes its pitch to Big 12.”)
UH making its pitch to join Big 12 today
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Tom Herman is a real Mensa case, and he’s got Houston outfoxing the big boys
The Washington Post

Flashback: Huge 1996 season began as Buckeyes fried Rice 70-7
Rice football is mentioned.

Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium celebrating 25 years, 175 games
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Lathrop reunion aids Mendocino gridders
Sid Richardson sophomore Lance Wright is mentioned.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Lady Pioneers open fall schedule on Sept. 23
The Rice Tennis Invitational is mentioned.
Denver Athletics

Baylor women’s tennis announces 2016-17 slate
Rice women’s tennis is mentioned.
KXXV (This also appeared in Baylor Athletics.)

Women’s volleyball heads to the road
The Rice Adidas Invitational is mentioned.
Daily Trojan
Bearkats not fazed by extended volleyball road trip
The Huntsville Item

Match Notes: Utah State soccer opens 5-match homestand this weekend
Rice football is mentioned.
Utah State Athletics

Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Winston-Salem Dash 2016 season review
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is mentioned.
Our Sports Central


Rice U. study: Insurers and physicians can partner to deliver care more efficiently, save costs
Insurers and physicians can partner to help physicians to deliver care more efficiently and save costs, according to a study by researchers at Rice University and Cigna, a global health service company.

Media Advisory: Rice’s Wallach to testify before Congress about protecting elections from cyber, voting machine attacks
Dan Wallach, Rice University professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology at the hearing “Protecting the 2016 Elections from Cyber and Voting Machine Attacks” at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Media Advisory: Baker Institute to present science and technology recommendations for the next president
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will hold a news conference to present recommendations on how science and technology policy is dealt with in the White House for the presidential campaigns and transition teams at 10 a.m. EDT Sept. 14 in the Bloomberg Room at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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